Norodom Yuvaneath

Norodom Yuvaneath
Prince of Cambodia
Born (1943-10-17) 17 October 1943
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Spouse Yin Kim
(m. 1962present)
Issue Norodom Veakchearavouth
Norodom Pekina
Norodom Yuveakdevi
House House of Norodom
Father Norodom Sihanouk
Mother Sisowath Pongsanmoni

Prince Norodom Yuvaneath (born October 17, 1943 in Phnom Penh) is the first son of the late king of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk and Princess Sisowath Pongsanmoni. He is the half-brother of the current king, Norodom Sihamoni.

Royal Family of Cambodia

HM The King

HM The Queen Mother

  • HRH Prince Norodom Ranariddh
    HRH Princess Norodom Phalla Ranariddh
  • HRH Princess Norodom Bopha Devi
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Moni Kossoma
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Kalyan Tevi
    • Keo Chinsita Forsinetti
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Veakchiravuddh
  • HRH Prince Norodom Yuvaneath
    HRH Princess Norodom Kim Yuvaneath
    • HRH Princess Norodom Chhavann-rangsi
    • HRH Prince Norodom Yuveakduri
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakchearavouth
      HRH Princess Norodom Veakchearavouth
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakcharin
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pekina
    • HRH Princess Norodom Yuveakdevi
  • HRH Prince Norodom Chakrapong
    HRH Princess Norodom Kachanipha Chakrapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Buddhapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Amarithivong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Naravong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Narithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ravichak
    • HRH Princess Norodom Nanda Dévi
    • HRH Princess Norodom Vimalea
    • HRH Princess Norodom Bophary
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Rindra
    • HRH Prince Norodom Charurak
    • HRH Prince Norodom Pongmonireth
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pongsoriya
  • HRH Princess Norodom Narindrapong
    • HRH Princess Norodom Simonarine
    • HRH Princess Norodom Moninouk
  • HRH Princess Norodom Arunrasmy
    HE Keo Puth Rasmey
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nakia
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nando
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Sirikith Nathalie
    • HRH Princess Keo Ponita
    • HRH Prince Keo Khemuni

Personal life

In 1957, under the direction of his socialist-leaning father, who was at the time the current King's son, Prince and the de facto leader of Cambodia, the Ankar Khamarak Kayarith was transformed into the "Royal Socialist Khmer Youth", with Sihanouk himself serving as president of this state-run organization, now controlled by the Royal government. The 2,000 members and the leaders of Cambodian Scouting were permitted by the government to carry on activities. Scouts and Scout leaders attended the World Jamboree in 1959 in the Philippines, among them Prince Norodom Yuvaneath. Soon after, Sihanouk announced the dissolution of the Cambodian Boy Scout Association, whose members were subsequently integrated into the JSRK, a government sponsored youth movement.

Norodom Yuvaneath married his first wife, Prep Mau in 1959 and had two children:[1]

Norodom Yuvaneath married his second wife, Yin Kim in June 1962. In 1970 after the coup by General Lon Nol, Yuvaneath's family fled to Beijing, where they lived until 1980, when Yuvaneath moved his family to Connecticut in the United States. Yuvaneath has four children:[1]

Norodom Yuvaneath was educated at the Lycée Sisowath. He speaks French and English in addition to his native Khmer.


In 1993, after the Vietnamese left Cambodia, King Norodom Sihanouk returned to Cambodia and, on December 31 of that year, elevated Prince Yuvaneath to the rank of Sdech Krom Luon, appointing him Privy Counsellor to His Majesty the King, a rank equal to that of Deputy Prime Minister.[4] After King Sihanouk abdicated, the new king Sihamoni, Yuvaneath's younger spear brother, appointed Yuvaneath the Supreme Royal Advisor.[5] In this capacity, Yuvaneath proclaimed his opposition to the tribunal of former Khmer Rouge leaders, believing that the 1975-1979 turmoil resulting in the massacre of over 2 million Cambodians was a result of foreign intervention by the Vietnamese and Thai governments. Yuvaneath also stated his belief that a trial would be contrary to the interests of national reconciliation. Despite Yuvaneath's opposition to the tribunal, neither the king nor Sihanouk has made a public statement about trials.[5] Yuvaneath is also a Commander of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon.

His primary opposition to the tribunal of former Khmer Rouge leaders is the fear that not only his father, the King Norodom Sihanouk while alive, but also he himself would be brought to justice, as both of them were also Khmer Rouge leaders.


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